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SmartEverything: the IoT development board
Arrow Electronics has announced the introduction of an IoT (Internet of Things) development board, named SmartEverything, that will offer a wide range of sensors and communication interfaces, in order to enable a simple low cost and low consumption connection with the Cloud. The board allows to reduce the design cycles and the development times, by offering the possibility for the user to rapidly connect to the control device via Internet. The SmartEverything board uses the connectivity solution from the global mobile network SIGFOX, in order to give access to the IoT.
Developed within the widely spread shape factor Arduino, the SmartEverything board by Arrow contains a Telit SIGFOX module and a GPS with embedded antenna, for the purpose of localization. Moreover it uses the M2M device management software by Telit, to facilitate a rapid and efficient connection of the devices to the Cloud. SIGFOX uses an UNB (Ultra Narrow Band) based radio technology for the connection of the devices to the global network. UNB requires very little energy and the UNB devices operate on the ISM bands that are available at a global level, and that do not require any license.
The functionalities of this development board include the proximity, humidity, temperature and acceleration sensors by STMicroelectronics. The acceleration limits may be selected via ± 2/4/8/16 g steps.The board has a TDK Bluetooth low energy interface for short-range connections, that enables setting and control via smartphone, in addition to a NXP NFC tag with I2C serial interface for authentication. The SmartEverything board also has a CPU USB ‘Host orchestrator chip’ by Atmel, based on the ARM Cortex-M0+ processor that manages the whole traffic among peripherals. The Atmel chip-based Crypto-authentication enables the implementation of a full security SHA-256 hash algorithm with MAC (Message Authentication Code). Finally, a Dynaflex 868 MHz antenna and Linear Technology power management devices are included.
Arrow Electronics has developed the SmartEverything board in cooperation with selected components suppliers and with the development specialists at Amel Technology and Cipierre Elettronica, that are based in Italy. The SmartEverything board will be available from the beginning of the 2015 second quarter.